on the wagon - (esp. of a person who drinks habitually) not drinking alcoholic drink usu. only for a short time = 'on the water wagon' - drinking only water + hitch one's wagon to a star - to set oneself high aspirations; to aspire to another's admirable example.

Du Barry - brand of cosmetics + beurre (fr) - butter.

fesses (fr) - buttocks + fces + bear two faces under one hood - to be guilty of duplicity; (of speech) to be ambiguous.

Vanessa (and Stella, star) + Pond's Vanishing Cream.


um zu (ger) - in order to

clothes extend personality (Joyce's note) + Morton Prince: The Dissociation of a Personality.

latent - a kind of fingerprint, invisible to the naked eye + limits.


rainproof - a rainproof garment, esp. a raincoat

elephant's breath - a shade of colour, light steel grey + pink elephant - used as a type of the extraordinary or impossible + elephant grey - a fashion shade simulating the grey colour of the elephant + Elvery's Elephant House, Dublin (sell raincoats).

sheer - unmixed or unaccompanied with other matter; Of textile fabrics, etc.: Thin, fine, diaphanous. 

widowhood - the condition of a wife bereaved of her husband, or of a husband bereaved of his wife

airforce blue - an ultramarine blue

Bros. - commercial abbrev. of brothers + Hope Bros - London department store.

I Corinthians 13:13: 'faith, hope, charity'.

skyhigh - reaching to the sky; Also fig., very high.

have a crush on - to be enamoured of, take a strong fancy to

heliotrope - a shade of purple like that of the flowers of the heliotrope

days + Duse, Eleonora - world-famous 19th-20th century Italian actress + Thom's Directory of Ireland/Dublin, Dublin Annals section 1897: 'August 18. - Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of York arrived in Dublin... left Dublin on the 29th, and after making a tour through Ireland took their departure for Scotland, from Belfast, on 8th September'.

of yore - of old, in time long past, anciently, formerly

nerve - pl. A disordered nervous system, nervousness + (menstruation).

gaming - the action or habit of playing at games of chance for stakes; gambling

Bruin - an appellation applied, after the manner of a proper name, to the Common or Brown Bear + Bruno + bruin (Dutch) - brown.

tease - to bother or plague in a petty way

lickle - childish or illiterate form of little

staoil (stil) (gael) - style, mode + after doing my little business I'll steal home.

heimlich (ger) - secretly + Heim (ger) - home.

calves - pl. of calf (the fleshy hinder part of the shank of the leg, formed by the bellies of muscles which move the foot)

general + jelly-roll (Slang) - penis.

dripping - the fall of liquid in drops; concr. the liquid so falling

affectionate - to have affection for, to regard with affection

violent - something which acts with violence or force; a violent passion or person

illuminated - lighted up; made light, luminous, or resplendent + (notebook 1923): 'room splendidly well luminated'.

lilac - the colour of lilac blossom + ladylike.

wallpaper - to cover a wall with wallpaper; also transf. and fig.

fireplace - a place for a fire, esp. the partially enclosed space at the base of the chimney appropriated to the fire; a hearth

pearls + logs of pear wood.

devotions - private prayers

fenestra (l) - window + fond stare

gape - an open-mouthed stare; a gaze of wonder or curiosity

gaze - to look fixedly, intently, or deliberately at something + My Grief on the Sea (song): 'His breast to my bosom, His mouth to my mouth' (parodied in Ulysses.3.397 and 7.522).

pikestaff - a staff or walking-stick with a metal point at the lower end like an alpenstock + poke - an act of sexual intercourse.

Eisen (ger) - iron + Eisenbahn (ger) - railway train + Hosenband (ger) - garter.

soidisent - Of persons: Calling oneself; self-styled, would-be. (Usually with implication of pretence or deception.); Of things: Said or claimed to be such, without really being so; pretended + soie (French) - silk.

chine - Of silk: dyed or woven with a mottled or indistinct pattern after an actual or supposed Chinese fashion.

chambermate - one who shares the same room with another


shamefaced - ashamed, abashed

Wesen (ger) - being; essence, nature

Balfe: The Bohemian Girl: Then You'll Remember Me (song): 'When other Lips'

next + naked.

thight - tight, close-fitting, as apparel + eyes + thighs.

toccata - a composition for a keyboard instrument, intended to exhibit the touch and technique of the performer, and having the air of an improvisation + toccato (it) - touched + cock-a-doodle-doo.


oilcan - a can for holding oil + The Lost Chord (song): 'Seated one day at the organ'.

Say a little prayer for me (popular 1930s song) + going to say.



tassie - a small cup + lassie.

lui (it) - he

tu (it) - you

coach - to prepare (a candidate) for an examination; to instruct in special subjects; to tutor + (notebook 1924): 'Teach me how to tumble'.

tumble - to have sexual intercourse with (slang.)

j'aime (fr) - I love + Jaime, Juan (sp) - James, John.


chant - to sing, utter musically + FDV: You are most kind as ever, dear sister, Shaun said. Till we meet to part no more.  

sororal - sisterly + Joyce's note: 'sororal' Jespersen: The Growth and Structure of the English Language 134 (sec. 131): 'we possess not a few native adjectives by the side of more learned ones, e.g. fatherly: paternal... (but only sisterly, as sororal is so rare as to be left out of account)'.

sonority - the quality of being sonorous, full and loud and deep

capitally - in a capital manner, excellently, admirably + (the caterpillar with the hookah, character in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland).


chalice - a drinking-cup or goblet; the cup in which the wine is administered in the celebration of the eucharist + chaliced - contained in a chalice or cup.

split - a drink composed of two liquors + 'S for SS.

gloriously - with an accompaniment of glory or renown; illustriously + (notebook 1923): 'gloriously kind'.